Short Breaks Project:
Weekends & Holidays

Our Weekend and Holiday Short Break Activities aim to give children and young people the opportunity to have fun, socialise and be independent, whilst giving families a break from their caring role. They are supported by grants from Kent County Council for children and young people who meet the following criteria:

  • are aged 9-18

  • have moderate, severe or profound learning disabilities

  • live within the districts of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling or Sevenoaks

 

The Clubs

Our venue-based clubs are a child-led free-play opportunity, enabling the children and young people to choose which activities they each do with the support of our team. Each session will have a variety of activities available based around the interests and needs of those in attendance, for example arts and crafts, sensory activities, books, music and outdoor equipment. In addition to the venue-based clubs, this year we will have a community-based option that will involve a different activity and meeting place each session, for example bowling, cinema, trip to Hastings etc.

All our clubs are run by an experienced coordinator and supported by a high level of skilled staff and trained volunteers. We are able to support with a range of health needs, including epilepsy, enteral feeding and diabetes management; behaviours that challenge; personal care; and moving and handling, including the use of hoists. All children and young people must be able to safely participate in a group with eight peers.

The venues we use are based in Southborough and Tonbridge, which are fully secure with accessible facilities for our children and young people. All sessions run for five hours from 10am-3pm and require a parental contribution of £20 per session.

Making a Referral

The three options we have available are shown in the table below. You will be able to indicate your preferred choice on the referral form.

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Referrals can be made directly from parents/carers using the form linked below. All referrals will be assessed to ensure they meet the criteria stated above and are then prioritised based on a range of factors. We have a limited number of spaces available at our services and typically receive very high demand, which means unfortunately a referral does not guarantee a space. Children and young people who are awarded a space will be allocated a group and venue with an appropriate peer group based on evaluation of their individual needs.

 

Waiting List 2022-23

All spaces for May 2022 to March 2023 have now been allocated. If you would like to add your child to our waiting list for our Weekend and Holiday Short Break Activities, please click on the button below to access the online referral form. 

 

 

 

 

 

In the interest of the environment, we are a predominantly paperless organisation and encourage you to use the online referral form if you are able to. If you require a printable version, please contact us at: info@novachildrensproject.co.uk

Prior to completing the referral form, please ensure you have read our 

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This service is supported by grants from Kent County Council.